Countdown to Zero (2)
2010, 89 mins
Although the Cold War is behind us, the threat of nuclear disaster remains very real. Director Lucy Walker discusses the invention of the atomic bomb and brings the story into the present day, examining the possibility of nuclear calamity under the categories of “Madness,” “Accident” and “Miscalculation.” With narration by Gary Oldman, the film includes a hypothetical sequence of a nuclear explosion in New York City’s Times Square, timed to coincide with the New Year’s Eve countdown.
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The Day After
1983, 126 min
A peaceful Midwestern city attempts to recover after it is destroyed by a nuclear missile strike in this powerful and deeply disturbing testament to the folly of pro-military hawks who believed that annihilation was a justifiable means of attaining power and control. The Day After originally aired on network television. At the end of the broadcast, many stations offered teams of counselors staffing 800 telephone numbers to help distraught viewers calm down.